How to Secure Yourself From New WhatsApp Privacy Policy 2021

Facebook-owned company WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps for Android and iOS smartphones. There are billions of people who use WhatsApp as a daily messaging app and share billions of photos, videos, and other types of data with each other. However, if you're a WhatsApp user you must have heard about the new user WhatsApp privacy policy. Many users have misconceptions that their chats messages will also be collected by WhatsApp for company use which is not true. According to the new WhatsApp policy 2021, this is the list of data that will be collected and will be shared with all Facebook-owned companies and third-party companies as well in order to use the service:

  • Hardware Model
  • Operating System
  • Battery Level
  • Signal Strength
  • Time Zone
  • IP Address
  • Profile Picture
  • WhatsApp Status
  • Your WhatsApp Name
  • Contact Details
Your chats messages will still be secured end-to-end encrypted and will not be collected by the company, however, collecting such data from billions of users could have the potential to be very dangerous for a country or the whole world. So, how you can secure yourself from the new WhatsApp privacy policy?

There are two ways to protect your data from being collected by WhatsApp and we've explained both of them in detail. So, without further ado let's start the tutorial.

#1 Delete Your WhatsApp Account Completely

Delete WhatsApp Account

You must be careful about your privacy and the best way to avoid your data from being collected by the company, do not to use WhatsApp. You can delete your WhatsApp account completely and try using another online messaging app like Signal or Telegram. These Messaging apps do not collect any users' data and not intended to earn money. Read More10 Best Alternatives to WhatsApp to Switch Right Now [2021]

Here's how to delete your WhatsApp account completely:
  • Open WhatsApp on your Android or iPhone device
  • Tap on three verticle dots from the top right corner
  • Tap on "Settings"
  • Tap on "Account"
  • Tap on "Delete my account"
  • Enter your current WhatsApp phone number
  • Tap on "Delete my account"
  • On the next option, give a reason for deleting WhatsApp account and tap on "Delete my account" to proceed further
  • At last step, confirm your account deletion by tapping on "Delete My Account".
That's it. WhatsApp will delete your account along with all your chats, groups, status, and profile picture. Read MoreHow to Move Your WhatsApp Group Chats to Signal App

#2 Make These Changes with Your WhatsApp Account

If you still want to use WhatsApp messenger, make these changes with your WhatsApp account so Facebook can collect as few data as possible from you.

These are some changes you've to do with your account:
  • Remove your profile picture on WhatsApp
  • Blank your WhatsApp status
  • Do not use your original name in WhatsApp
  • Use a VPN while using WhatsApp
If you'd these changes, WhatsApp will still able to see your hardware model, device OS, battery level, signal strength, time zone, and contact details. And, will not able to collect your profile picture, IP address, profile picture, name, and status. However, I would suggest to use another messaging platform like Signal or Telegram and leave WhatsApp as soon as possible.

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